Experts Headline Chicagoland Equestrian Lifestyle Expo

Experts from the east and west coasts headline this year's Chicagoland Equestrian Lifestyle Expo and Holiday Market. From California come world-renowned veterinarianExperts from the east and west coasts headline this year's Chicagoland Equestrian Lifestyle Expo and Holiday Market. From California come world-renowned veterinarian

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Experts from the east and west coasts headline this year's Chicagoland Equestrian Lifestyle Expo and Holiday Market. From California come world-renowned veterinarian, speaker and author on horse behavior and natural horsemanship Dr. Robert M. Miller and trainer/motivator/communicator Charles Wilhelm. From the East Coast come three-time Olympic coach Jane Savoie of Wellington, FL, and internationally known sports psychologist Ann S. Reilly, PhD, of McLean, VA.

Chicagoland Equestrian Lifestyle Expo & Holiday Market is November 19-20 at the Lake County Expo Center located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee (west of I-94) in Grayslake, IL.

Dr. Miller retired after 30 years in practice to devote his full time to teaching horse behavior and providing scientific reasons why natural horsemanship techniques work in a non-technical, refreshingly easy-to-understand way. He is known as the father of "imprint training," the revolutionary system of training newborn foals used all over the world. At Expo, Dr. Miller will guide attendees through understanding the horse's mind and explain how to use that knowledge to solve horse problems.

Charles Wilhelm is known for his skills in communicating and motivating people as well as his natural abilities with the horse. He believes that "It's Never, Ever the Horse's Fault." His relaxed, warm and amusing character has made him a great favorite at clinics and expositions where attendees take home solid, practical knowledge, enabling them to be successful with their own horses seeing results right away.

Jane Savoie is an international competitor, author and highly entertaining speaker. As a member of the United States Equestrian Team (since 1991), she has represented the U.S. in competition in Germany, Holland, France, Belgium and Canada. She returns to Expo with new presentation topics after being rated 11 on a scale of 1 to 10 by packed audiences enthused with her 2010 Expo presentations. Although a dressage coach and competitor, Savoie's approach actually crosses all breed and discipline lines.

Dr. Reilly has led the equestrian world in sport psychology training for more than 25 years. Through her applied work with riders, as well as athletes from all sports, she has developed the skills to assist riders in overcoming obstacles that have held them back from attaining peak performance in competition. In addition to her Expo presentations on winning the competition mind game and overcoming fears, Dr. Reilly will be available for private consultations.

In addition to headliners, Expo features leading trainers, nutritionists, animal scientists, veterinary specialists and researchers in the forefront of equine understandingU of I College of Veterinary Medicine, SIU's 4-year Equine Science Program, saddle fitting experts, legal consultants, training pros, problem solvers, health practitioners and nutritionists, plus roundtables with intimate access to the speakers (think speed dating with your choice of experts).

Sunday's ProTrack seminar series for stable and farm managers will cover subjects such as legal, environmental, and marketing in addition to sessions on Workmen's Comp and understanding client personality types and how to work effectively with each type.

Produced by Horsemen's Council of Illinois as part of its commitment to equine education, and sponsored by Purina Mills, Expo's more than 50 presentations over two days is being called simply "the best educational opportunity."

Attendees will have four different topics to choose from each hour. "Talk about value," says Expo Manager Joy Meierhans, "that's $1.33 per session, figuring a one-day $8 ticket and attending six presentationsone every hour."

Expo also offers exceptional shopping for "all things equestrian" across the Expo Center's 65,000 square feet of heated indoor exhibit space. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Expo tickets will be available online or at the door: Daily $8, Weekend $14. Parking is free at the Lake County Expo Center, located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee in the countryside south of Grayslake. The premier exposition facility is west of I-94 at the intersection of Peterson & Midlothian Roads, just west of Libertyville.

As additional speakers and programming are finalized, information will be placed on the Expo web site